Top News Stories from Around the US and World

Top News Stories from Around the US and World

Top News Stories from Around the US and World





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  • Exclusive: U.S. sorghum armada U-turns at sea after China tariffs
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Several ships carrying cargoes of sorghum from the United States to China have changed course since Beijing slapped hefty anti-dumping deposits on U.S. imports of the grain, trade sources and a Reuters analysis of export and shipping data showed. ... Keep on reading...
  • Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. tells Russia to address election concerns, chemical weapons
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia's ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries require addressing U.S. concerns on election meddling, chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said. ... Keep on reading...
  • Rosenstein told Trump last week he is not a target in Russia probe
    (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he is not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, according to a source familiar with the probe. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump’s looming trade war gives Democrats an opening in farm country
    JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, one of the most endangered Democrats in the U.S. Senate, knows a political gift when she sees one. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. watchdog sends criminal referral on ex-FBI deputy director: source
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice has referred its findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney in Washington for possible criminal prosecution, according to a person familiar with the referral on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Africa’s last absolute monarch renames Swaziland as ‘eSwatini’
    MBABANE (Reuters) - Swaziland's King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. ... Keep on reading...
  • Exclusive: EPA chief’s aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled. ... Keep on reading...
  • Chicago’s gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago's 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Justice Department watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month. ... Keep on reading...
  • DOJ’s watchdog sends criminal referral on ex-FBI deputy director: source
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice has referred its findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney in Washington for possible criminal prosecution, according to a person familiar with the referral on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt’s travels
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security and travel. ... Keep on reading...
  • North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearization,’ Moon says; U.S. vows pressure
    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. ... Keep on reading...
  • Cuba’s new president vows to defend legacy of Castro revolution
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a sober speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. official calls on Myanmar to free journalists
    DHAKA (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Sam Brownback called on Thursday for the release of journalists jailed in Myanmar while covering the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims forced to flee a military crackdown. ... Keep on reading...
  • Justice Dept. watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department internal watchdog report on former FBI chief James Comey's public disclosures on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state and whether FBI employees leaked information to try to hurt her 2016 presidential bid is expected to be issued next month. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. Senate committee to vote on bill to protect Mueller next week
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday the committee would vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite objections by the chamber's Republican leadership. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of U.S. arms export policy on Thursday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home. ... Keep on reading...
  • Rare glimpse of Assad family ties to Russia in kids’ stay at seaside camp
    SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - News that Russia hosted the teenage children of Bashar al-Assad at a lavishly-rebuilt Black Sea summer camp in Crimea last year has given a rare glimpse into the personal lives of the Syrian president's family and his close relationship to Moscow. ... Keep on reading...
  • Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 percent of customers after blackout
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before. ... Keep on reading...
  • Cuba’s new president vows to defend Castro revolutionary legacy
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, began his term on Thursday with a promise to defend the socialist revolution led by the Castro brothers since 1959, giving a strident speech that also emphasized the need to modernize the island's economy. ... Keep on reading...
  • North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearization’, says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure
    SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. ... Keep on reading...
  • Exclusive: Allergan in talks to acquire Shire, competing against Takeda – sources
    (Reuters) - Botox maker Allergan Plc is in talks to acquire Shire Plc, competing against Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd for the London-listed drugmaker, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 perecnt of customers after blackout
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before. ... Keep on reading...
  • The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan
    LONDON (Reuters) - Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin oil major Rosneft . ... Keep on reading...
  • North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearisation’, says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure
    SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. ... Keep on reading...
  • Nestle, Unilever forego price increases to move product
    ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - First-quarter sales growth at Nestle and Unilever was driven almost entirely by shifting more goods, in a stark illustration of how hard it is for consumer products makers to raise prices in a competitive retail environment. ... Keep on reading...
  • Commodities rollercoaster on $100 oil talk, sanctions stress
    LONDON (Reuters) - Talk that Saudi Arabia has its sights on $80-$100 a barrel oil again and of more U.S. sanctions on Russia ignited a rally in commodities and resource stocks on Thursday, though the potential boost to inflation hit fixed-income assets. ... Keep on reading...
  • Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S ban on sales to ZTE triggers patriotic rhetoric in China
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A U.S. ban on sales of American components to ZTE Corp has unleashed a patriotic backlash in China's cyberspace, highlighting the growing tension between the world's two largest economies. ... Keep on reading...
  • Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system. ... Keep on reading...
  • North seeks ‘complete denuclearization’, says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure
    SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. ... Keep on reading...
  • FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger. ... Keep on reading...
  • New Novartis CEO feels heat on U.S. generics business
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis' first quarterly results under new CEO Vas Narasimhan have been marred by a prized psoriasis treatment that disappointed and a sharp slump in sales by its U.S. generics unit. ... Keep on reading...
  • Commodities rocket on $100 oil talk, metals stress
    LONDON (Reuters) - Talk that Saudi Arabia has its sights on $80-$100 a barrel oil again ignited a fierce rally in commodities and resource stocks on Thursday, though the potential boost to inflation globally put some pressure on fixed-income assets. ... Keep on reading...
  • South Korea’s Moon says North seeking ‘complete denuclearization’
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its desire for "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Nestle confirms outlook as volume growth picks up
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Food group Nestle confirmed its full-year guidance after organic sales growth accelerated to 2.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018, helped by improving volumes. ... Keep on reading...
  • Novartis confirms 2018 targets as Alcon recovery gains steam
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis confirmed 2018 growth targets on Thursday as new Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan said he was encouraged by first-quarter performance by his cancer drugs portfolio and a resurgent Alcon eye care unit. ... Keep on reading...
  • P&G to buy German Merck’s consumer health unit for $4.2 billion
    (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co will acquire the consumer health business of Merck KGaA for about 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion), giving it vitamin brands such as Seven Seas and greater exposure to Latin American and Asian markets. ... Keep on reading...
  • Commodities, resource stocks ride oil surge in Asia
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Resource stocks were on a roll in Asia on Thursday as oil prices hit heights not seen since late 2014 and ignited a rally across commodities, though the potential boost to inflation globally also put some pressure on fixed-income assets. ... Keep on reading...
  • P&G to buy German Merck’s consumer health business for about $4.21 billion
    (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co agreed to acquire the consumer health business of German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA for about 3.4 billion euros ($4.21 billion) in cash, the companies said on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Cuba set to swear in new president to replace Raul Castro
    HAVANA (Reuters) - An era will end in Communist-run Cuba on Thursday when President Raul Castro retires, likely handing over the reins to his right hand man Miguel Diaz-Canel, born the year after brothers Fidel and Raul led their 1959 leftist revolution. ... Keep on reading...
  • P&G to acquire German Merck’s consumer health business for about $4.21 billion
    (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said on Thursday it has signed an agreement to acquire the consumer health business of German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA for about 3.4 billion euros ($4.21 billion). ... Keep on reading...
  • P&G acquires Merck’s consumer health business for about $4.21 billion
    (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said on Thursday it has acquired the consumer health business of German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA for about 3.4 billion euros ($4.21 billion). ... Keep on reading...
  • China says ready to deal with any fallout from U.S. trade row
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is well prepared to handle any negative effects from its trade dispute with the United States, the commerce ministry said on Thursday, adding that China's tariff hikes on U.S. imports will not have a big impact overall on its domestic industries. ... Keep on reading...
  • Resource stocks jump in Asia as oil extends rally
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Resource stocks were on a roll in Asia on Thursday as oil prices hit heights not seen since late 2014 and ignited a rally across commodities, though the potential boost to inflation globally also put some pressure on fixed-income assets. ... Keep on reading...
  • Resource stocks rally as oil surges, bonds suffer
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Resource stocks were on a roll in Asia on Thursday as oil prices hit heights not seen since late 2014, though the potential boost to inflation globally also pressured fixed-income assets. ... Keep on reading...
  • Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. ... Keep on reading...
  • FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it would order inspection of some 220 jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger. ... Keep on reading...
  • Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Exclusive: Facebook to change user terms, limiting effect of EU privacy law
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump hopes for successful North Korea summit, but warns he could walk away
    PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he hoped an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be successful after a recent visit to Pyongyang by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but warned he would call it off if he did not think it would produce results. ... Keep on reading...
  • In Kansas, three found guilty in plot to bomb Somalis’ apartment complex
    WICHITA, Kan. (Reuters) - A federal court jury on Wednesday found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a western Kansas apartment complex that is home to Somali immigrants and their mosque, in a crime prosecutors branded an act of domestic terrorism. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump says Stormy Daniels sketch is of a ‘nonexistent man’
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a man portrayed in a sketch released by porn star Stormy Daniels, who she said warned her to stop discussing her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, does not exist. ... Keep on reading...
  • Southwest engine explosion began when fan blade broke: NTSB
    (Reuters) - Federal air safety officials investigating why the engine of a Southwest Airlines jet blew apart, killing a passenger after shattering a plane window, said on Wednesday that the incident began when a fan blade already suffering metal fatigue snapped off in mid-flight. ... Keep on reading...
  • North Korea to hold plenary meeting of party central committee on Friday: KCNA
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party's central committee on Friday, state media KCNA said on Thursday. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. states look to tax day to gauge fallout from federal tax law
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Taxpayer actions in response to sweeping federal tax changes passed by the U.S. Congress late last year will likely force states that tax personal income to tear up their revenue forecasts and start again. ... Keep on reading...
  • New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump. ... Keep on reading...
  • EPA’s Pruitt under spending probe; senators urge his ouster
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office said on Wednesday it was probing whether a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the law, while dozens of Democratic senators called for him to resign over allegations of ethics lapses. ... Keep on reading...
  • Senators urge ouster of EPA’s Pruitt, office probes pricey booth
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office said on Wednesday it was probing whether a $43,000 soundproof phone booth for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the law, while dozens of Democratic senators called for him to resign over allegations of ethics lapses. ... Keep on reading...
  • New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny was found guilty of murder on Wednesday in the 2012 stabbing deaths of two children in her care at their luxury Manhattan apartment, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. ... Keep on reading...
  • Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; lawmakers vote on successor
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Raul Castro was just hours away from retiring as president after parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel as his replacement on Wednesday, a shift that will usher in the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. ... Keep on reading...
  • New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children: media
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny was found guilty of murder on Wednesday in the 2012 stabbing deaths of two children in her care at their luxury Manhattan apartment. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump hails Pompeo-Kim meeting, says North Korea summit plans advancing
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that preparations were advancing for a first-ever summit with North Korea after CIA director Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and formed a "good relationship" with its leader Kim Jong Un. ... Keep on reading...
  • S&P edges higher on energy, industrials but Dow slips
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 eked out a small gain while the Dow ended lower after a volatile trading session on Wednesday, with weakness in sectors such as consumer staples and financials offsetting strong gains in the energy and industrial indexes. ... Keep on reading...
  • British PM May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament’s upper house
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. ... Keep on reading...
  • Dozens of senators sign resolution urging ouster of EPA’s Pruitt
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Democratic U.S. Senators on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to resign on allegations of ethics lapses. ... Keep on reading...
  • Energy, transport stocks lift Wall Street, IBM drags
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher in a volatile trading session on Wednesday, with strong gains in the energy index partly offset by weakness in industry sectors such as technology and financials. ... Keep on reading...
  • Southwest focuses on older engines in probe of deadly jet explosion
    (Reuters) - The wrecked engine of a Southwest Airlines Co jet was being examined on Wednesday by U.S. air safety officials investigating why it blew up in mid air, killing a passenger in the country's first deadly airline accident in nine years. ... Keep on reading...
  • Emboldened by #MeToo, ‘mad as hell’ women take spotlight at Cosby retrial
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him shouting: "Women's lives matter." ... Keep on reading...
  • Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; successor proposed
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Raul Castro moved closer to retiring as president on Wednesday as the country's parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace him, in a shift that will usher in the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. ... Keep on reading...
  • Wall Street briefly losses ground after Fed Beige Book
    (Reuters) - The S&P 500 briefly pared gains and the Dow added to losses on Wednesday after a Federal Reserve report said robust business borrowing, rising consumer spending, and tight labor markets indicate the U.S. economy remains on track for continued growth with trade war risks the one big outlier. ... Keep on reading...
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
    (Reuters) - The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island's power company, said Wednesday that a major power line failure in the southern part of the U.S. island territory knocked out electric service to almost all customers. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. appeals court says Ohio cannot block Planned Parenthood funds
    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law that would cut federal taxpayer funding to 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, holding that conditions it imposed that denied funds to abortion providers were unconstitutional. ... Keep on reading...
  • Push for ‘Dreamer’ immigration bill gains steam in House
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February. ... Keep on reading...
  • Energy, industrial stocks lift Wall Street, IBM drags
    (Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher in a volatile session on Wednesday as industrial stocks gained on strong results from some marquee companies and a jump in oil prices boosted energy stocks. ... Keep on reading...
  • Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban president
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Diaz-Canel was proposed in Cuba's parliament on Wednesday as the sole candidate to replace Raul Castro as president, which will make him the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution. ... Keep on reading...
  • Zuckerberg under pressure to face EU lawmakers over data scandal
    STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on Wednesday to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans. ... Keep on reading...
  • Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first. ... Keep on reading...
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide blackout – AP
    (Reuters) - Puerto Rico, suffering from an unstable power grid since Hurricane Maria, has been hit by an island-wide power outage, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. ... Keep on reading...
  • Energy, industrial stocks keep Wall St. afloat; IBM drags
    (Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher in a volatile morning session on Wednesday as industrial stocks gained on strong results from some marquee companies and a jump in oil prices boosted energy stocks. ... Keep on reading...
  • Russia’s RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programs which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month. ... Keep on reading...
  • Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first. ... Keep on reading...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan declares early elections on June 24
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called a snap presidential and parliamentary election on June 24, more than a year earlier than planned, saying the country urgently needed to make the switch to an executive presidency. ... Keep on reading...
  • Kentucky accuses J&J of contributing to opioid epidemic
    (Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson, accusing the pharmaceutical manufacturer of devising a deceptive marketing scheme that mischaracterized the risk of opioid abuse and addiction. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.N. team fired on in Syria while visiting suspected chemical sites
    THE HAGUE/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. security team came under fire in Syria while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in. ... Keep on reading...
  • S&P posts slight gains on industrials, IBM drags
    (Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index posted slight gains on Friday, helped by gains from industrial and energy stocks, but IBM's disappointing results and a sell-off in semiconductor stocks weighed on the Nasdaq and the Dow. ... Keep on reading...
  • Wall Street opens higher on strong earnings, oil
    (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes opened higher on Wednesday after the latest batch of earnings including Morgan Stanley added to optimism about the U.S. corporate reporting season, while a jump in oil prices lifted energy stocks. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. inspectors probe deadly Southwest jet engine explosion
    (Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday was inspecting the wrecked engine of a Southwest Airlines Co jet that blew up in mid air, killing a passenger in the first deadly U.S. commercial airline accident in nine years. ... Keep on reading...
  • Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe. ... Keep on reading...
  • Airlines check some Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest accident
    SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines began inspecting some Boeing Co 737 engines on Wednesday as an investigation gathered pace into an explosion which killed a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in the first fatal U.S. airline accident in almost a decade. ... Keep on reading...
  • Wall Street set to open at one-month high on strong earnings
    (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open on Wednesday at levels not seen in about a month after the latest batch of earnings including Morgan Stanley added to optimism about the U.S. corporate reporting season. ... Keep on reading...
  • Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades
    MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) - As the start of the memorial service neared, I hurriedly texted an Indonesian friend. "Is it OK for me to stand on a Muslim prayer mat?" I asked. ... Keep on reading...
  • Pompeo visits North Korea, forms ‘good relationship with Kim’, says Trump
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - CIA director Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to become the top U.S. diplomat, visited North Korea last week and met leader Kim Jong Un with whom he formed a "good relationship", Trump said on Wednesday. ... Keep on reading...
  • CIA chief Pompeo formed ‘good relationship’ with North Korea’s Kim, says Trump
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and his nominee to be the top U.S. diplomat, formed a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when they met in secret. ... Keep on reading...
  • Exclusive: OPEC’s new price hawk Saudi Arabia seeks oil as high as $100 – sources
    DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be happy to see crude rise to $80 or even $100 a barrel, three industry sources said, a sign Riyadh will seek no changes to an OPEC supply-cutting deal even though the agreement's original target is within sight. ... Keep on reading...
  • U.S. stock futures rise as first quarter earnings off to strong start
    (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday after the latest batch of results including Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley added to optimism about the U.S. corporate reporting season. ... Keep on reading...
  • Russia: our response to U.S. sanctions will be precise and painful
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament, said on Wednesday that Moscow's response to U.S. sanctions will be targeted and painful, Russian news agencies reported. ... Keep on reading...
  • With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel
    BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad’s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and cracked tombstone, one of the last memorials to an ancient community that is now all but extinct. ... Keep on reading...

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